183pp., paperback, Reprint, Harlow, (1965) 1995
A satirical novel set in Ghana during Kwame Nkrumah’s rule, about a railway freight clerk trying to resist the pressures within his family and his country that drive him toward corruption.
Ayi Kwei Armah was born in 1939 in Ghana to Fante-speaking parents. He left Ghana in 1959 to go to school in the USA. After studying at Harvard University he lived and worked in Algeria, Ghana, France, Tanzania, Lesotho and Senegal. In the 1980s he taught at Amherst and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His novels include Two Thousand Seasons and The Healers. He is also an essayist and has written poetry, short stories, and books for children.